Pumpkin Beer Twelve, A Re-Shelve

“According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.”

Working my way down the home stretch of my endeavour to solve the mystery of which is the greatest pumpkin beer of them all (at least for this year). The contender this time around is Harlot’s Harvest Pike Pumpkin Ale from The Pike Brewing Co.

Harlot’s Harvest pours a deep amber caramel colour and appears somewhat cloudy. Initially there is a good amount of head and good head retention but this ale flattened out after it warmed for a while. Lots of malt, some pumpkin pie spices and a green apple element to the nose (not always a great sign). Unfortunately the green apple quality persists as you drink it essentially fighting against the other flavours. It is strong ale, 8.5%, so I expected a bit more depth and body to this one. Pretty clean on the finish with a little maltiness lingering. It seems like all the elements were there for a great pumpkin ale but this one does not really come together for me.

I would give this one four candy corns out of a possible ten.


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